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Oral Sedation and Your Child

Oral sedation is an excellent way to calm any nerves and ensure your child comfortably receives the dental care they need. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, we love working with children. We understand that it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed in new situations. Our friendly staff treats every patient as our own family. We want your child to feel comfortable throughout every appointment.
We offer three types of sedation to meet every child’s unique needs, including nitrous oxide, office-based sedation, and hospital-based sedation. Do you have trouble calming your child’s fears for every dentist visit? Does your child require a more invasive dental treatment? Then sedation dentistry can help!

Nitrous Oxide

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes nitrous oxide as a very safe option for children. Also called laughing gas, it is a non-addictive and effective oral sedation option. Nitrous oxide includes a mild mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. This combination helps your child relax while remaining conscious and in control of all natural reflexes.

Office-Based Sedation

In addition to laughing gas, we can also provide I.V. sedation in our office. Similar to nitrous oxide, I.V. sedation will help your child relax while remaining conscious. It may cause drowsiness, allowing your child to fully relax or even fall asleep for a quick nap. I.V. sedation must be administered through your child’s vein by our anesthesiologist.

 

Hospital-Based Sedation

For more complex treatments, we can also perform hospital-based sedation with general anesthesia. We can only perform this type in an outpatient setting because it puts your child completely to sleep throughout of the treatment. In addition, if your child has more difficult medical needs, treatment may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Contact our office today if you have any questions or concerns about oral sedation. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Nitrous Oxide/Dental Laughing Gas

Nitrous Oxide Benefits

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a safe sedative that helps you relax. At Great Grin’s Children’s Dentistry, this is one of the most common types of oral sedation we provide.

Should My Child Receive Laughing Gas?

Many children feel anxious in unfamiliar places and feel scared at the dentist. Our goal is to help even the most anxious child feel at ease during the appointment. We encourage you to talk with your child about their upcoming visit to our office. Try to prepare them for the services they’ll receive. If they still show extreme nervousness and anxiety, dental nitrous oxide may be helpful for them. For some cases and children with special needs, we also offer office- and hospital-based anesthesia.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

Here is more information on how laughing gas works. At the beginning of the appointment, we will place a small nose piece over your child’s nose. As they breathe normally, the gas will take effect, making your child feel more relaxed. Experiencing a light-headed feeling or a tingling in the arms and legs is normal. It will not put your child to sleep. Your child will be conscious and be able to respond to any directions we may give throughout the appointment. Our doctors then administer oxygen through the nose piece when the treatment is done. This allows the effects of nitrous oxide to wear off right away.

Nitrous Oxide in Tucson Office

Throughout the years, we’ve found that children respond well to laughing gas. It can make your child feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Our goal is to ensure every child receives dental treatment comfortably and safely. Laughing gas is easy to administer, and children love the feeling of comfort it provides. Still have questions about laughing gas and your child’s appointment? Contact our office today at (520)325-4746 for more information!

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X-Rays: Are They Safe for Children?

Dental X-Rays: What Are They For?

Dental x-rays allow dentists to get an inside look at your child’s teeth and jaw to find issues they are unable to see with the naked eye. Cavities can form between teeth, and x-rays help dentists find them. Some children or adults have extra teeth or are more likely to need braces in the future. X-rays allow dentists to see this. So, how safe are they? Read below to learn more about radiographs and their uses.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Yes—in moderation. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), the amount of radiation we’re exposed to from dental x-rays over the course of our lifetimes is minuscule. The average radiation dose in the U.S. is 6.2 millisieverts (mSv) per year. Only about 3.1 mSv come from natural sources and approximately 3.1 mSv from man-made sources. Roughly half of the man-made radiation exposure is related to CT scanning.*

State laws also set requirements for using radiation. At Great Grin’s children’s dentistry, we comply with all laws and regulations regarding the use and frequency of dental x-rays. We use digital, low-dose radiation x-rays to make them as safe as possible!

Kid’s Dentist in Tucson

In short, the benefits of your child getting a dental x-ray far outweigh the risks. Undetected problems can worsen over time. This can lead to pain and bigger problems in the future. The longer you wait for decay to be treated, the more costly it can be. Dr. Angela Wolfman and Dr. Kedar Lele are happy to answer any questions regarding your child’s dental health. Call Great Grins Children’s Dentistry in Tucson, AZ at (520)325-4746. Whether you have a question regarding insurance, dental x-rays, or appointment scheduling, we are happy to help!

 

*X-Rays. (n.d.). Retrieved July 07, 2016, from http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/x-rays.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back for Our Troops!

Looking for something to do with all of that Halloween candy this year? It’s that spooky time of the year again! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is buying your child’s excess candy! We will be donating candy to Operation Gratitude to support our troops.

Halloween Candy Buy Back Details

Great Grins will pay $1 for each pound of Halloween candy that your child brings in, up to 5 pounds! Come in to our office at 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr. Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85712 between November 1-2. Feel free to call ahead at (520)325-4746 to check office hours or for any questions you may have! Read on to learn more about other Halloween activities going on at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry.

Halloween Fun

Aside from participating in school fall festivals around the community, the Great Grins team also loves to bring the fun to our own office! Throughout the month of October, you will find our team’s decorated pumpkins on display. We hold a pumpkin contest every year and our patients get to vote! On October 28 and October 31, 2016, we will be wearing Halloween costumes. Can you guess what the Great Grins team will be dressed up as? ANIMALS! Join us for a fun-filled month at the dentist!

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Jewish Community Center Wellness Festival

The Tucson Jewish Community Center and Tucson Medical Center are presenting the 3rd annual Family Wellness Festival! Interested in learning about wellness resources in the Tucson community while having FUN? Join us for this free event on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the JCC! There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family.

Great Grins at the JCC

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry will be participating at the festival. We will be there to share the importance of dental health with both parents and children! Our team will be handing out information and goodies for the little ones. If you haven’t attended the events that we have been to, you will get to see how much fun our booths can be! The kiddos especially like our bean bag toss, but we have other surprises in store as well. We invite you to attend the event and don’t forget to check in with us.

Jewish Community Center Info

The Jewish Community Center is located at 3800 E. River Rd, right next to the Great Grins office! The Family Wellness Festival is free and the JCC welcomes people of all ages. There will be plenty of exhibitors with useful information for the whole family. Visit the JCC’s website here to learn more about the Wellness  Festival.

Contact Us

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry loves to give back to the community! Dental health is very important to us and we do our best to spread awareness. We participated in the Tucson Jewish Community Center Family Wellness Center last year and enjoyed spending time with families that are trying to better their health. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman truly believe in educating their patients and patients’ families in order to prevent dental problems. Call us at (520)325-4746 to learn more about our office or our participation in the Family Wellness Festival. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint & Toy Drive!

It’s time for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Thin Mint Sprint again! Great Grins Children’s Dentistry invites you to join us at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in Tucson for this fun run. The event will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30AM. Brandi Fenton Park is located on 3482 E. River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, very close to our office!

Great Grins Fun

Be sure to look for the Great Grins booth at the event. We will have a fun corn hole game for everybody to enjoy. Most importantly of all, our tooth fairy will be there too! Our team will be sharing the importance of dental health for your little ones and answering any questions you may have.

Girl Scouts Races

There will be a 5k race, a 1 Mile Do-si-do Dash, and a 100 Meter Trefoil Trot for the little ones! The races are for runners and walkers. The Thin Mint Sprint will be filled with fun for the whole family! Check out the Girls Scouts of Southern Arizona website here to register and read more about the event.

Toy Drive

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is helping Troop 60 collect new toys! All donations will go to the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Clinic at Banner University’s Diamond Children’s Hospital. Stop by our office between now and Friday, September 16, 2016, to drop off new toys that will stay in our community.

Your Local Dentist

Our team at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry recognizes the importance of community involvement. If you would like to inquire about our possible participation in your organization, feel free to contact us any time. For any questions regarding the event or toy drive, call (520)325-4746 or email info@greatgrinsdds.com. Our Great Grins team will be happy to help! We’ll see you at the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint this Sunday!

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Your Infant’s First Dentist Trip: as Easy as 123!

Is it time for your child’s first dental appointment?

If you are feeling anxious about your baby’s first dentist trip, don’t worry! At Great Grins Children’s Dentistry, we perform a knee-to-knee exam for babies to ensure a calmer, less overwhelming trip to the dentist.

If you have been looking for a dentist in Tucson, Dr. Wolfman and Dr. Lele are board certified pediatric dentists that specialize in children’s dental needs.

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3!

Our team is specially trained to work with children, and there are some simple ways to ensure your infant has a great first dentist trip. To prepare, just remember these three easy steps!

1. Hold your child in your lap with their head in another’s lap to practice this position before your appointment.
2. Gently wash your child’s mouth and gums with a wash cloth or infant toothbrush. 
3. Remain calm.

As pediatric dentists, we know little ones can be unpredictable, and even the most prepared child can get overwhelmed and cry. If you show that you’re stressed, it will make it harder to calm your child down as well. We are here to help you and your child relax and be as comfortable as possible throughout the exam.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on how to prepare your child for the first visit, contact our office at 520-325-4746!

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Healthy Teeth: Tips From a Kid’s Dentist

Who doesn’t want healthy teeth? We all want our children to have good oral health. Taking care of our babies’ teeth is a great way to prevent cavities and dental injuries. Read on to learn some tips from our Tucson pediatric dentists. You can also visit this page by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for some frequently asked questions and their answers!

Healthy Teeth: Supervise Brushing

Supervise your children’s brushing until they are old enough to brush properly. Even when they are able to brush by themselves, double check to make sure all areas were cleaned. This will help ensure that they are not using too much toothpaste, swallowing toothpaste, or skipping flossing. Stress the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. One way to encourage healthy teeth is by getting a fun toothbrush and toothpaste.

Mouth Guards

Always make your child wears a mouth guard when participating in a contact sport. This will help protect the mouth and could save you hundreds of dollars in dental work! Custom mouth guards work best because they are formed to your child’s mouth. Mouth guards can provide much needed protection.

Regular Check Ups

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your baby visit a dentist no later than age one or six months after their first tooth erupts. After the first visit, your child should see a dentist every six months. This will ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and cavity prevention! Make dental visits a routine for your child so that they know the importance. They may even come to like visiting the dentist if it is a fun, kid’s office.

Great Grins Children’s Dentistry is located in Tucson, AZ. Our board certified pediatric dentists specialize in dentistry for infants, children, and teens, including those with special needs. Call today to schedule an appointment at (520)325-4746!

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    3953 E. Paradise Falls Drive, Suite 110
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